When most people were sleeping, Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) leader Arvind Kejriwal was busy interacting with AAP supporters across the globe, especially from the US and Canada, early on Monday.
Using Google Hangout to reach out to his NRI supporters and talk about the party’s priorities, Kejriwal sought their time and money (donation) to fight the December 4 election “with clean money”.
Hosted by AAP supporters from US and Canada, the session was held at 6am (IST) Monday to suit US and Canada’s Sunday evening timings. About 11,000 people participated in the session and hundreds of others viewed it later.
In all, there were 235 questions, the Google moderator said. “Participants were simultaneously voting for these questions, after which we chose the top 11 questions for Kejriwal to answer,” the moderator said.
Wearing the trademark ‘Aam Aadmi’ cap, Kejriwal answered all questions and made no efforts to duck any, be it about selection of candidates or the issue whether AAP is indulging in vote-bank politics.
“Corruption, education and health are the three focus areas for us,” Kejriwal said during the session that lasted a little over half an hour. He spoke about the party’s efforts to start financial transparency in funding of political parties.
To a question about AAP’s claim of staying away from ‘identity politics’ and allegations that some of the recent actions were directed towards appeasing minorities, the AAP leader said, “Religion is extremely important, but the question is do you want to use religion in positive or negative manner.”
Employment, education and sporting facilities are three things on AAP’s agenda for youth.
He promised more hospitals and dispensaries to bridge the gap of inadequate infrastructure. The party will try to bring “the law and order situation” under Delhi government, he reiterated.
Commenting on the alleged ‘last night tactics’ used by other parties to woo voters, Kejriwal said, “We are demolishing every one’s vote banks. It is a huge challenge to counter liquor and money. We are talking to people in slum clusters and they are telling us ‘we will take money and liquor from them, but vote for AAP’.”